Kris Allen – National Anthem – NFC Championship Game – VIDEO

Update: NICE photo HERE from @Krinja_Signal

Kris Allen sang a soulful National Anthem in New Orleans LA today before the NFC Championship football game between the Saints and the Minnesota Vikings.

Earlier today, Kris told B97 FM that he’s headed to Haiti in a few days to help out with the relief effort. Listen to the interview HERE. The trip is familiar territory for Kris, as he has experience doing missionary work all over the world…

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  • Seeker

    THANKS MJ (MAN U R QUICK!!!!)
    Kris did a beautiful job! Loved it!!

  • ComeBack2Me

    Loved it! Good job, Kris.

  • eliza

    I thought he did a fantastic job and looked great . Thanks for the video, MJ.

  • washpd

    This was great! He did the anthem just how I like it, a little added flair, but not so much that you lose the melody.

  • sylvanaire

    Thanks mj! Isaid it on the other thread, but you make it so easy to be a fan. I really appreciate all the work you put into this blog.

    Kris did a great job. A few more runs and trills than I usually like, but he made it work, and it sounded wonderful. Love that little jazzy/soul thing he has going on.

  • Bearcatgrad9912

    BEAUTIFUL! Now THAT’s how it’s done! No yelling or oversinging…just simple, beautiful, and soulful. I don’t ever want to hear anyone say he’s a weak singer after that. Just not possible to be a weak singer to pull that off.

  • anovich

    thanks for the video MJ – Kris looks and sounds great

  • dezzie

    I am a huge football fan and this was like a dream to hear “Kris Allen” announced during an NFL broadcast–and the big-ass NFC championship, too! In beautiful HD. Loved it. Good job Kris!

  • payton

    i got goosebumps throughout the whole video, my voice is almost gone from cheering, i smiled the whole time, and when he sang “of the free” i couldn’t help but say
    “YES GO KRIS!” outloud.
    yes people, i have a problem HAHA. but that was a great performance. (:
    oh and i loved hearing the crowd sing along too.

  • JosieX

    Nice job Kris! I like those little breaks that he adds to his voice, it’s a nice way to add color to it. He sounded really good.

  • MissMyEm

    I thought Kris did a great, great job. The crowd seemed happy, they were singing along and he did it perfectly. He didn’t strain at all and knew when to reign in his voice.

    He’s a pro. Major kudos to Kris.

  • HeidiL

    He was awesome! Geaux Kris and Geaux SAINTS!

  • http://bridgetcarle.wordpress.com vorona

    Beautiful!

  • tierbee

    Very nice, Kris! What a cool opportunity for him :)

  • Maggels

    I loved it :) I love how he can feel the emotion he projects into the lyrics.

  • mzbet

    Tweet from Kris’ dad:

    nballen Wow! What a moment. I just got to watch my son sing our national anthem at the NFC Championship

    How amazing would that be to see your child perform before thousands and thousands of people and do it so well!

  • lifeisgood

    Bearcatgrad9912
    01/24/2010 at 7:05 pm
    BEAUTIFUL! Now THAT’s how it’s done! No yelling or oversinging…just simple, beautiful, and soulful. I don’t ever want to hear anyone say he’s a weak singer after that. Just not possible to be a weak singer to pull that off.’

    I so agree. Kris sang it with soul and power – just beautiful!

  • Hope07

    Thanks MJ!

    It truly was soulful, and my favorite part, that I find so, so endearing…”Land of the Frayyyyyy”. Perfection!

  • Eileen99

    Loved it. Great job, Kris.

    Soulful is right on. Kris put his own stamp on it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 ai_fan

    First, whoa MJ, nice pic, THANKS! Second it was great. Good for Kris. I agree with washpd, just they way I like it!

  • jack5791

    Great rendition!

  • http://MJO judes

    Thanks so much MJ for putting this up so quickly so those of us not in the US can see this!!
    This was a great heartfelt performance from Kris – I would expect no less!! His version would have been much easier for the crowd to sing along with than Jordans. I bet he felt very humble & proud to be out there singing this today!!

    Interesting though that Jive had 2 of their perfomers singing the national anthem on the same day & that it was shown , as I’d heard that they don’t always telecast the anthem- maybe Jive helped that along- don’t know?

  • TopCatDC

    When he started I though, “Whoa! He’s pitched that high! Can he really pull it off in that key?” And he did. Not only did he knock it out pitch perfect, he”Krisified” it! Bet he’s been working with a vocal coach on that version. It’s something he’s going to be asked for many times in the future. Go Pocket Idol!

  • Masieta

    I listened to him sing it over internet radio (I’m living in Africa for the moment) and just watched the video — thank you, thank you, MJ, you’re the best!! — and I think he did GREAT! Interestingly, they cut off the radio broadcast of the game right after his performance and went to a pre-recorded program. Was hoping to listen to the game, but at least I got to listen to the best part!

    Kris is always culturally sensitive. Of course, he would sing the land of the “fray-ee.” He was speaking Southern. I’m sure the people from Louisiana understood him just fine. Go Kris!!

  • savgal

    SOOOO proud of Kris. Bet he is having the time of his life, being at a game like that!
    On a shallow note, really likin’ the slightly longer hair. mj, the screencap is Elvis-ish, imo (reminds me of “Jailhouse Rock” look).
    Hope Kris gets to join General Larry for “Pants on the Ground” when the Vikings win :).

  • PattyH

    Nice job! Sounded a little bit Country to me! I am always happy when the person singing, no matter who, does a good job. I get so nervous and always hope they just don’t forget the words.

    “Interesting though that Jive had 2 of their perfomers singing the national anthem on the same day & that it was shown , as I’d heard that they don’t always telecast the anthem- maybe Jive helped that along- don’t know?”

    They usually show it on these big games. :)

  • Laurie

    Congratulations to Kris! Fantastic version of the SSB! He sounded and looked gorgeous.

    Thanks for bringing over Mr. Allen’s tweet. That must be a wonderful and proud moment for his wife and parent’s.

  • payton

    Kris is always culturally sensitive. Of course, he would sing the land of the “fray-ee.”

    hahahaha i love when he does that! (:

  • babybelle32

    I said this in the other thread, but that’s the first time that I’ve heard a crowd join in during the middle of the song. That was great to hear. Usually, I’ve seen crowds join in during the last verse, or they cheer during the last verse.

    Kris did an amazing job. He looked so comfortable and at ease on the field. I hope he enjoys the game.

  • MawMaw

    He’s still cute as a button and, man, he can sing!!! Way to go, Kris!

  • anovich

    “Interesting though that Jive had 2 of their perfomers singing the national anthem on the same day & that it was shown , as I’d heard that they don’t always telecast the anthem- maybe Jive helped that along- don’t know?

    I posted this on the other thread – I think Jive has an in with the NFL for the AI alums. Jordin had the Super Bowl 2 years ago and AFC Championship today, Archie had the Pro Bowl last year, and Kris had the NFC Championship today – all of these games are pretty high profile.

  • girlygirl

    I love Kris and thought that was a good — not perfect, but really good — version of the National Anthem. He looked great and didn’t seem nervous at all. The NA is really hard to sing.

    But Chris Sligh hated it. Check out his twitter (twitter.com/chrissligh)

  • cakeygirl

    strained

  • Justin8602

    Solid performance, didn’t find it spectacular, but it was consistent with his vocal abilities. Happy for the Kris fans digging it though, congrats. :)

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Yeah girlgirl I saw his post. I didn’t even remember followling him. But whatever. I thought Kris did really well. I loved it.

  • JR Labrador

    Good job, Kris.

    ETA: Envious much, Sligh?

  • ross

    When was the last time they asked Chris Sligh to sing the national anthem at a big game?

  • carmine2008

    I’m sorry to all those twitterer who said he botched the SSB, but if Kris sang OUR National Anthem like that, I would be truly be honored.

  • webster

    A very pretty and strong rendition. The “soulful” interpretation has almost become the traditional one now, hasn’t it? My only quibble is a minor one, but one I often have with his singing: he tends to put little breaks in the lines in places that I don’t find convincing in terms of the lyrics, they just seem random. He does it enough that I find it distracting, but it’s a minor thing – overall, it was very cool. And in any case, this song is always about the song, not the singer.

  • JosieX

    I looked at Chris Sligh’s twitter, he said it was a little pitchy. Eh, so what, Jordin’s was a little pitchy in places too but she did a great job too. Both really enjoyable performances.

  • sunnysider

    When was the last time they asked Chris Sligh to sing the national anthem at a big game?

    Haha. Exactly what I thought. What a bitter guy.

  • babybelle32

    When was the last time they asked Chris Sligh to sing the national anthem at a big game?

    Chris needs to (help) write another song, so that people will still think that he’s relevant.

  • anovich

    When was the last time they asked Chris Sligh to sing the national anthem at a big game?

    Chris Sligh is one of the most bitter Idol alums. I find that hilarious since he has been involved in some seriously successful song-writing in his post-AI career, but what can you do?

  • Hope07

    But Chris Sligh hated it. Check out his twitter (twitter.com/chrissligh)

    oh, if Chris Sligh doesn’t like it, lol. That matters why?

  • ross

    Nice tweet from AI Now:

    Swagger + amazing high notes = goosebumps @krisallen

    oh, if Chris Sligh doesn’t like it, lol. That matters why?

    lol!

  • JR Labrador

    Mama Allen tweet:

    allen_kimberly: My dad just called to say watching @KrisAllen sing NA was his proudest moment ever, ummm so much for when I was born! Thanks dad! Lol

  • Seeker

    I’ve been trying to keep my shallow side incheck but that pic of Kris without the jacket is all kinds of UNF!!!

    What’s his skin made of!!???… It freakin radiates!!! Glows!!!

  • Pam

    I get so nervous and always hope they just don’t forget the words.

    I get that way too when I see these guys and gals sing the anthem for the first time. I guess I try to keep my expectations a little low. lol

    I think Kris did a great job especially when you consider how difficult a song this one is to perform. It was nice to see and hear the audience singing along towards the end.

    That tweet from Kris’ dad was really was sweet. I can’t imagine how proud he must be of son right now. :)

  • savgal

    I like Chris Sligh, but what about supporting fellow AI alums???? Sligh comes off as bitter, IMO. A teesy pitchy (if we’re nitpicking) but as Kara said about his MITM, the second half much better than the first half. Ended great and very moving to hear the crowd singing along. No wonder his dad was about to bust with pride.

  • JR Labrador

    I’ve been trying to keep my shallow side incheck but that pic of Kris without the jacket is all kinds of UNF!!!

    Indeed it is.

  • amielee

    he sang it beautifully…way to go kris…i’m excited to see you on 06 February….

  • JudyL

    Nice of Chris Sligh to remind us why so many people dislike him.

  • MalwareDie

    Weak vocal.

    I’m not a fan of Sligh at all, but IMO he’s not purposely trying to be bitter. He appears to be the type that will give his honest opinion about how he feels. No sugarcoating from him.

  • Hope07

    Does anyone else think that he just seemed to fit here so well? You know, just one of the guys, there for the big game, and sing a little for a few fans? lol. Did anyone else get that impression?

  • http://MJO judes

    “My only quibble is a minor one, but one I often have with his singing: he tends to put little breaks in the lines in places that I don’t find convincing in terms of the lyrics, they just seem random.”

    I find that interesting that you say that webster-as I went back & checked his performance again [ what hardship] & I think he’s actually singing the phrases correctly. I have seen many performances of this anthem where the singer has broken the phrases differently & even in the middle of a word which I hate but Kris did not. To me this was a carefully crafted performance in Kris’s style which I much prefer to many of the warbling renditions that go right off the melody!!

  • babybelle32

    Does anyone else think that he just seemed to fit here so well? You know, just one of the guys, there for the big game, and sing a little for a few fans? lol. Did anyone else get that impression?

    I got that impression too, especially when they showed the faces of the players, and when the crowd started to sing along. It was like this communal feeling.

  • eliza

    I’m not a fan of Sligh at all, but IMO he’s not purposely trying to be bitter. He appears to be the type that will give his honest opinion about how he feels. No sugarcoating from him.

    I agree that Chris isn’t purposely being harsh, but it looks bad to be criticizing another Idol, IMO, especially one who is singing on national television while you’re sitting at home tweeting about it.

    My parents, who are the definition of casual Idol fans, thought Kris sounded great and my dad was impressed that Kris got the crowd to join in.

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    Wait….. someone follows Chris Sligh on twitter? I kid I kid

  • Truthiness

    Not a fan of this. Shaky start, not a fan of his tone, it was kind of thin, and not a fan of those breaks, and some notes were just a shade off/missed.

    Not horrible, but not terribly good. No, I don’t need vocal acrobatics or runs with my NA, by I do like a better tone and hitting those notes much more solidly. Yes, it’s a bitch of a song to sing, I don’t think Kris did a great job here.

    But hey, great opportunity for him and I’m sure he was THRILLED to do it, so cool for him.

    I would give him a C for that.

  • ross

    For me, what’s amazing is it’s like I never heard this song before. Kris does that with so many songs, for me. (Man In The Mirror, for one.) The national anthem is hardly my favorite song, and it’s so ingrained I hardly listen to it, usually. But Kris makes it fresh, somehow. Makes me enjoy the song, not just sit through it. I also thought his tone was beautiful.

  • terps

    Not good at all, but then again in my mind the Anthem is better suited for female singers

  • sallysimmons

    Good job, Kris!

  • ross

    I’m not a fan of Sligh at all, but IMO he’s not purposely trying to be bitter. He appears to be the type that will give his honest opinion about how he feels. No sugarcoating from him.

    I guess I still don’t see why that makes his opinion important. Why is this even about Chris Sligh’s opinion?

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    carmine2008, that’s sweet! :grin:

    Not sure what Chris Sligh heard, but I didn’t think it was pitchy at all. It wasn’t perfect, but I’m really happy with this rendition. And he looked so chill out there!! :cool:

    Webster, can you give an example of what you’re talking about? Like at what point in the video?

  • babybelle32

    I agree that Chris isn’t purposely being harsh, but it looks bad to be criticizing another Idol, IMO, especially one who is singing on national television while you’re sitting at home tweeting about it

    .

    He always sounds bitter. He co-wrote one hit song, and was dropped from his label, yet he knows everything.

  • Truthiness

    Oh, but on a positive note(s), love the jacket, thought the hair looked good. So there is that.

  • JudyL

    I loved it and I am going to give him extra points for being so damn gorgeous while singing it.

  • Chicagolaw

    Kris sounded OK, not great, imo; but, man, Sligh comes off as a major jerk. Maybe he should just keep some opinions to himself; not everything needs to be tweeted.

  • mzbet

    Of course, the only opinions that are relevant are the ones that coincide with my own! :)

    Kris did a great job, the crowd was cheering and singing along (which doesn’t happen often for the NA that I’ve observed), and I loved it. End of story as far as I’m concerned.

  • jmom376

    I really enjoyed his performance and thought he did great. Not everybody is going to like that performance, but with 20+ Million watching, I am sure he will pick up a sale or two from tonight..

  • lifeisgood

    I thought he sang it beautifully. I saw it first on my regular television but later I watched with my husband (he’s taping it in the HUGE TV with fantastic sound system) and he really thought he nailed it.

  • Truthiness

    Kris did a great job, the crowd was cheering and singing along (which doesn’t happen often for the NA that I’ve observed), and I loved it.

    Really? Because every game I’ve gone to almost everyone sings it from the beginning.

    Or maybe people started joining it to try and sing over Kris, so they wouldn’t have to hear his version any more?

    I keed with that last one, by the way.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    When was the last time they
    asked Chris Sligh to sing the national anthem at a big game?

    Nobody will ever ask me to sing the national anthem at ANY game, and I also thought it was a bit pitchy. He has opinions, just like all of us.

    It’s a hard song to sing, though. I’m hearing LLWD all over the radio here in AL, and that’s really what matters. :-)

  • lifeisgood

    I also thought his tone was beautiful.

    I so agree:)

  • Mtlfan

    As i said in my post in the other thread, I loved it! Love his tone
    He sang it his way and it was soulful. even got the crowd in the song and people seemed to have like it.
    Don’t know what Sligh heard, but it wasn’t pitchy for me.

    wow! he’s very handsome on that pic! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    Seeker’s he’s a vampire! You didn’t know? :wink:

    What’s his skin made of!!???… It freakin radiates!!! Glows!!!

  • Hope07

    Oh, but on a positive note(s), love the jacket, thought the hair looked good. So there is that.

    Ahh, but even on his very worst day, there is always so much more to Kris than that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    eliza
    01/24/2010 at 7:51 pm
    I’m not a fan of Sligh at all, but IMO he’s not purposely trying to be bitter. He appears to be the type that will give his honest opinion about how he feels. No sugarcoating from him.

    I agree that Chris isn’t purposely being harsh, but it looks bad to be criticizing another Idol, IMO, especially one who is singing on national television while you’re sitting at home tweeting about it.

    ITA with both peeps’ points.

  • babybelle32

    Someone at the LA Times liked Kris’ performance:

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/americanidoltracker/2010/01/our-american-idol-sings-the-national-anthem-in-new-orleans.html

    Who dat singing the national anthem? “American Idol” Kris Allen, that’s who.

    Kris, who has a few months of reigning over the “Idol” world left, sang the national anthem in New Orleans this afternoon, where the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings are vying for the NFC championship and a spot in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl.

    Do you like his rendition? We did, but we also like a new ditty emerging on Twitter among Saints fans, “Favre on the ground, Favre on the ground.”

    Wonder what inspired that one?

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    Kris did an amazing rendition. That was better than I anticipated. Great job KA

  • cookbunny

    Thought Kris did a great, GREAT job. Just one or two places where he lost the pitch, that’s all, but by the end it was just awesome!

    Now if only that would rub off on my Saints in the second half…

  • girlygirl
  • Maggels

    Truthiness you are snarky! I love it. You keep it real :) I thought Kris sounded great. Is it it the best rendition…no not by a mile but I thought he sounded great. He didn’t make a fool of himself on national TV. That is a large audience to sing in front of plus the millions watching. The fans seemed to enjoy, I enjoyed it so all is well for me :)

  • girlygirl

    That photo may be my new favorite one of Kris — hot!

  • Truthiness

    Well I will say that I thought that it sounded MUCH better when listening to it using my speakers and not using my Skull Candy headphones. But then there is the whole thing where the headphones sound is much clearer than my speakers, so there is that.

  • b1dev

    I loved it! Just had my mom listen to it and she is a professional singing trainer listen to it and said it wasnt nearly as bad as Chris is making it. Good job Kris Allen!!

  • sander88

    I thought that was pretty good. Keep it up, Kris! We love you!

  • Soapbox0916

    Absolutely loved it. I was flailing. Twangy but not pitchy IMHO. I am a fan of NA sung straight, but I did love the little Kris touches that he added.

    @Truthiness, I listened to it through my Skull Candy headphones too and Kris still sounded great to me, so I have to respectly disagree with your opinion as much as possible. Kris sounded great to me.

  • Hope07

    That photo may be my new favorite one of Kris — hot!

    I have to agree! I almost missed that…wow!

  • sunny2

    Great job Kris. You are grace under pressure.

  • Mark

    Ok, so it was a little pitchy. Not all of the notes were hit that super cleanly, though I’m not bothered too much by that at all. I’d give him better than a C, though. The interpretation was more than solid. Then again, I don’t have a problem with his tone at all.

  • Bearcatgrad9912

    It wasn’t pitchy. That’s such a cop out remark anyway. Chris Sligh really is a wonder, isn’t he? Sure it’s fine for him to express his opinion, but dear God, the boy has become more famous, or should I say infamous for his opinions now on other Idol alum than anything else. Does he really have that much time on his hands to critique every performance by everyone who’s been on Idol and write about it in some form or another? I mean really. If so, then his career must be going really well! NOT!

    Stick to songwriting Chris. You’ve come off as a major asshat more times than I can count both to people in the blogosphere and even some who’ve had the “pleasure” of meeting you in person.

  • Meg23

    Well, I liked it. I found it simple, soulful, not overly done yet still original. Was it 100% technically perfect? No. Was his tone still as gorgeous as ever? Yes, IMO.

  • Truthiness

    Ahh, but even on his very worst day, there is always so much more to Kris than that!

    Yes, but what about the days his hair looks like crap (he’s rocking those bald spots) and he’s wearing that blue/red block plaid shirt…again?Guess on his worst days Kris won’t even have that. Oh noes.

  • Hope07

    I almost forgot what a sense of relief when I first saw him, after some speculation on the other thread that he might be a wee bit tipsy, lol. If he’s a non/light drinker, I could see him having a little to relax, and maybe ending up with it being too much. Even hubby who heard the interview as well, asked if that was Kris, and thought that he sounded a bit under the influence. Well, tipsy, combined with spicy food…my imagination ran wild. I thought he might have a really embarassing situation. Hubby and I laughed about it afterward!

  • Seeker

    That blue/red plaid shirt is sacred for Kris Allen fans…. Don’t go there ;)!!!

  • steph6449

    Didn’t sound that great to me, but Kris looked good and seemed more comfortable with it than another time I saw him singing the NA.

  • Maggels

    Oh no!! I think he has thin/fine hair. Who cares IF he has bald spots when you have a face that pretty. :) Oh gawd I think I have had one too many beers..lol I agree it wasn’t overkill. you know sometimes people just want the simple, real version. This is why I like Kris so much. Nothing is fake about him.

  • Hope07

    Yes, but what about the days his hair looks like crap (he’s rocking those bald spots) and he’s wearing that blue/red block plaid shirt…again?Guess on his worst days Kris won’t even have that. Oh noes.

    Ohhhh, you’re hitting below the belt. Anything but bald! I love the plaid, though. Haven’t you noticed that everyone is following him and wearing plaid? He’s a trendsetter! ;)

  • Truthiness

    That blue/red plaid shirt is sacred for Kris Allen fans…. Don’t go there

    Oh it is so on, so bring it!

    But uh oh, sacred? Are the Chuckies also holy and is there tension between the Sacred Red/Blue Plaid shirters vs. The Holy Chuckies-ies? But I guess as there isn’t a gourd involved, I guess it’s okay.

    Seriously though, I think Kris looks so much better, and hawter in colours like black, dark red and green. Oh and I prefer solids, not plaids. So again, A+ for the shirt and jacket. Very rawr.

  • Jurnee

    @Bearcatgrad9912. It wasn’t pitchy. That’s such a cop out remark anyway.

    He didn’t quite make some of the high notes but it was close and the song is terribly difficult to sing. I heard once that it’s the world’s hardest national anthem to sing – most countries keep it easy and within one octave so the public has a chance with it.

    This doesn’t take anything away from Kris as a singer, BTW, because so many top artists have trouble hitting the high pitches. Alicia Keys, for one at the Haiti benefit. It was kind of painful. Even Adam misses the high pitches sometimes and he’s had more professional training than Kris. I thought Kris did a solid job on the song.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 jammbasich

    Kris did a fantastic job today…. I love all his twangyness !!!!! I think his phrasing is always great.. He takes a breath in all the right places. IMO I never used to notice things like breathing before – until you see someone who does it all wrong. Nice job Kris Allen.

    The picture = Unfreakinbelievable – SMOKIN’ HOT !!!

  • MelP75

    I missed it on TV but from the you tube vid it sounded like he did a good job. I was surprised because it is a very difficult song to sing.

    As for people joing in and singing along, I’ve never been to a football, hockey or baseball game where people don’t sing along to it. I don’t think that has anything to do with the person singing it.

  • gulfluv

    I thought Jordin sounded beautiful and looked beautiful and Kris sounded cool and looked hot today. Good day all around for Idols and the National Anthem :)
    As for Chris Sligh, eh, he has every right to tweet his opinion for what its worth. I just exercised my right to unfollow him and not have to read his opinion, so no harm no foul really.

    I agree that pic of Kris is pretty darn HOT :)

  • cookcricket

    Poor Brett!

    Did anyone else find it interesting that they announced him first as Jive recording artist and then as current AI?

    I didn’t watch Jordin’s, so how did they announce her?

  • mysan

    I have listened to the video several times. I think Kris did an awesome job. Did not hear any pitch problem. Way to go Kris!!!

  • ross

    But uh oh, sacred? Are the Chuckies also holy and is there tension between the Sacred Red/Blue Plaid shirters vs. The Holy Chuckies-ies? But I guess as there isn’t a gourd involved, I guess it’s okay.

    Is that code, of some kind? Can’t respond to what I don’t understand.

  • Maggels

    Ross I am confused too. I thought it was the buzz I had going..lol :)

  • Mtlfan

    Truthiness, what are the holy Chuckies?

    haha Maggels, i didn’t understand too…

  • Truthiness

    But uh oh, sacred? Are the Chuckies also holy and is there tension between the Sacred Red/Blue Plaid shirters vs. The Holy Chuckies-ies? But I guess as there isn’t a gourd involved, I guess it’s okay.

    Is that code, of some kind?

    Yes, it’s Monty Python code. It’s adapting the Life of Brian film, the Holy Sandals vs the Holy Gourd groups. Not to mention the Judean People’s Front vs The People’s Front of Judea.

    And like one degree of AI, George Harrison of The Beatles, was the Executive Producer of that film and of course The Beatles are a favourite band of Kris.

  • Ratna12

    jammbasich
    01/24/2010 at 9:01 pm
    Kris did a fantastic job today…. I love all his twangyness !!!!! I think his phrasing is always great..

    The picture = Unfreakinbelievable – SMOKIN’ HOT !!!

    I finally have the guts to see the video, and yes Kris did a great job, and realllly love his “twangyness”.

    That photo above the video, though ….Good Lord !!

  • dior

    He did an ok job. Nothing special.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    What a game this is. And what a great job Kris am such a proud fan.

  • http://98er.blogspot.com Paulie

    Just saw the video (late at the party again!), although I’ve been following the Twitter feeds a couple of hours ago. Couple of my 2 cents:

    1. Kris did well singing the NA. Hee! @ “Land of the Fray”. That (non-)issue is sooo 2009 at the Lakers game. :P

    2. As with other performances, not just by Kris but also with other singers, some will love his rendition, others will hate it — heck, others hated it in principle BEFORE the actual performance (saw some tweets about FOX’s injustice for picking Kris rather some singer in NOLA). Like I said, I thought he did well, but of course I’m a fan so there you go. Hehe.

    3. Someone mentioned in another thread that Kris fans like making feasts out of crumbs. So true. So given that mindset, with Kris getting a #1 video, a national exposure with the NA, and his upcoming trip to Haiti, it’s just a wonderful weekend for a Kris fan. :)

    And the picture/s say/s it all. Yum.

  • girlygirl

    this game is nuts — hope Kris is still there watching it

  • JOJOSIE

    After listening to Kris, if I didn’t know any better I’d swear he was a country singer. I’ve said before if this pop thing doesn’t work out I think he’s a natural to try country.

  • mzbet

    Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!! Geaux Saints :) New Orleans will be craaaazy tonight! Maybe Kris will get to party just a little LOL

  • girlygirl

    WHO DAT going to the Super Bowl???!!!

    Maybe the Saints should bring Kris along to Miami with them? They are 2-0 this season when he sings before one of their games!

  • Maggels

    oh crap…girly that is so true!! Thank goodness I am a Saints fan. Sorry can’t do the geaux part fan of another SEC team..:)

  • dezzie

    waitaminute…Chris who? said what…? as we say here in new york, get outta here with dat, man. yougottabekiddin’me, fuggeaboutit. kris did great. it was a wonderful atmosphere in the Dome, i loved how everyone joined in and the players, everybody. oh and kris looked soooo good–yes, that was shallow, but it needs to be said again! :)

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    Kris sang the NA and the Saints won. Awesome evening in the South y’all!

  • sunnysider

    Haha, “Chris Allen” is a hot search topic on Google. Looks like his NA got people’s attention. Too bad they don’t know how to spell his name.

  • Suzanne

    Well, I listened to the performance, I read this thread, and I scanned Chris Sligh’s twitter.

    1. About Chris Sligh–he tweets A LOT. He sure puts out a lot of noise. He’s talented, so I do wonder if there’s something wrong with the reception he had on that game because . . .

    2. Kris did not “change keys four times,” as Chris S claims, or at all. I’m a singer–I’m not Barbra Streisand, but I’m a decent singer–and Kris Allen did okay on pitch with that song . . .

    3. But it wasn’t Kris’s best performance. Singing “fray” instead of “free?” He might as well have just held up a sign saying that he couldn’t hit it if he sang “free.”

    4. He did fine; Kris Allen may travel in airports without a disguise. Maybe he started a half-tone higher than usual, or maybe he just didn’t have his regular range today? Who knows? He strained on “red glare” and “free”–the highest notes of the song–which wasn’t ideal, but it was way better than monkeying around with the melody to avoid the notes or cracking.

    5. It’s a rare singer who does a good anthem. Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and David Archuleta sound good every time. The national anthem may be a necessary evil for Kris Allen. Next time, he’ll make sure that “say” is in the dirt so he doesn’t strain on “free.”

    6. I hope Kris tells us what he’s doing in Haiti.

    7. He does look very inviting in that picture. (Is he growing a mustache or is he lazy?)

  • Maggels

    lol the South will rise again!! Oh gawd..need to stop drinking but I had the best night. Heard Kris sing, my Saints won and I am just happy. Hehehe

  • Truthiness

    Um…

    Nope, that didn’t clarify it at all.

    Well I highly recommend The Life of Brian if you’ve never seen it before. It’s not as good as Holy Grail, but well, that is the Holy Grail of Monty Python films. Of course that could just be the massive geek in me saying that.

    Keeping it Idol related, I wonder if Kris has watched Monty Python? He seems to have such a great sense of humor, but I don’t know if they would appeal to him. Now that is a question an interviewer would ask the Idols. If they like Monty Python. Okay, a little specific, but again, it’s all about me and my needs.

    girlygirl, I didn’t know that NO won both times KA did the NA for them? That’s a good reason to have him do the NA for the Superbowl as far as I’m concerned.

  • Mtlfan

    Cheers Maggels!

    If Kris wasn’t partying yesterday because of the today’s perf, he surely has the opportunity tonight! ;)

  • druzilla

    Kris did a fine job. It felt more heartfelt.

    I liked it more than Jordin’s. She was good, I just wasn’t feeling any passion. Of the Idol crowd, Anthony Fedorov has had my favorite anthem.

    Be safe in Haiti, Kris!

  • Mitchel

    If Kris had sang this on the show, he would definitely have fallen into the Bottom 3. The song over powered him. He just doesn’t have the range as a singer. It’s best he sticks to rehashing Heartless – as he has done – over and over again.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    One time it was NA the other time kris did The Tail gate party before the game.

  • Mtlfan

    Truthiness, you brought back memories to me with “life of brian”. It was hilarious, especially the pirats assault on the building..

    Kris did the tailgate party in Miami before the Saints’s game; he didn’t sing the NA.

    He sang it before for a basketball game; I don’t remember the details

  • JIMDOGSILKIES

    Kris sounded great and looked great! Such a cutie! What a special guy! Didn’t surprise me that he is off the Haiti to help out. Great role model! Only the best for him!

  • KNA

    This guy had no business singing the National Anthem. A pure travesty. ITA with Chris Sligh. BTW, what is Kris doing in Haiti? Is he trying to promote his album? I mean, you hardly near anything about his humanitarian efforts. I guess he is too busy trying to promote himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    Great article…great pictures!!
    “SIX HOT SHOTS OF KRIS ALLEN JUST CUZ”
    http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/popwrap/six_hot_shots_of_kris_allen_just_QyxwtFZBS5robkPJnHQ3aJ

  • http://krisallenonline.blogspot.com/ kizgold

    Kris related but non NA, just thought you’d get a kick out of this mj:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHiZpTJ43h4

    Acapella group LLWD

  • babybelle32

    Haha, “Chris Allen” is a hot search topic on Google. Looks like his NA got people’s attention. Too bad they don’t know how to spell his name.

    People are searching for both “Chris Allen” and “Chris Allen American Idol.” Hopefully, they’ll get on the right track. I didn’t think this would lead to too many sales, but it may get people to look into what he is doing.

    http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends

  • iluvai

    I heard David Archuleta on the speakers in the grocery store yesterday, singing Crush. While I don’t usually rag on singers I don’t like around here, I have to say it made me want to open a loaf of bread and stuff it in my ears.

    O.K. That’s interesting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 CathyMK

    Kris sang a very enjoyable SSB. He looked great doing it, too. Love the longer hair and leather jacket. He didn’t sound pitchy on my home theatre system. He looked amazing in close up high def. No complaints here. Hope the rest of y’all enjoyed the game. Not sure why you were watching, otherwise.

  • mermichelle

    This guy had no business singing the National Anthem. A pure travesty. ITA with Chris Sligh. BTW, what is Kris doing in Haiti? Is he trying to promote his album? I mean, you hardly near anything about his humanitarian efforts. I guess he is too busy trying to promote himself.

    To each their own, I guess. I thought he did a fine job on a hard song. He did “humanitarian” work before Idol and will most likely continue. I got a good laugh out of you saying, “you hardly NEAR anything.” Kris has stayed busy since winning and is taking time to help. That is awesome!! :)

  • tierbee

    Lol. Kris sure is getting a rise out of people these days ;). That was a heck of a ballgame – hope he had a blast.

  • iluvai

    Kris himself admits he is not the best singer. He did a good job though.

  • mzbet

    Kris trying to promote himself by going to Haiti? That can’t be a serious statement! Kris has been doing humanitarian type work all over the world long before he even thought about American Idol. It’s just the kind of person he is. Kris has faults like anyone else, but the suggestion that he is going to Haiti for some personal gain is ludicrous, in my opinon.

  • Mtlfan

    mermichelle, yes and he’s taking time to go to Haiti despite having to prepare for his shows in Asia starting Feb. 5th and for his up coming tour in the U.S. It’s very generous

  • ross

    Kris himself admits he is not the best singer. He did a good job though.

    That’s really interesting, also.

  • Seeker

    “I give him a grade of C for effort.”
    Atleast you care enough to grade, Thanks :) .

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 CathyMK

    Acapella group LLWD

    Quick, someone send that to The Sing Off!

    It’s best he sticks to rehashing Heartless – as he has done – over and over again.

    Well, sadly, that’s what happens when you have a hit song. People expect you to sing it over and over again, everywhere you go. Especially when you’re the American Idol, and people know that you’re great at singing live. Poor David Cook finally had to put his foot down and refuse to sing Time of My Life any more. Wonder if Kris will get to that point too? Of course, Kris has also been able to do several different arrangements of Heartless, including a mash-up version, so it continues to be a crowd pleaser.

  • anovich

    Wow, they actually let Kris finally do something by himself – away from Adam??? Sorry, but he doesn’t have the voice to sing something as powerful as the NA. I give him a grade of C for effort.

    He’s actually done this before at the NBA Finals last year, and did it really well then just as he did now.

  • ksgirlfordc

    Kris did a wonderful job with the NA. Any of you that want to bash him, have you ever had to sing that in public? No I didn’t think so.

    As to Chris Sligh….what a tool. So he co-wrote one song that did well. Sorry I don’t think he’s an authority on music.

    Kris will be fine.

  • yf7184

    I love how Kris got the Dome all hyped up with his NA. And of course I love how the game ended.

  • iluvai

    And of course I love how the game ended.

    Not me, because my dad loves the Vikings. And poor Brett. But I will be on the Saint’s side for the SuperBowl.

  • AML

    I got to keep it real – Kris is better off sticking to smaller venues. His voice doesn’t have the range to take on a big song like the NA. I read where he still has the weakest selling album of all the winners? That concerns me, because Ruben Studdard started way stronger than Kris, and Ruben was liked by 19E, yet he is now considered one of the least successful winners of all time, next to Taylor Hicks. And both Ruben and Taylor were eventually dropped by their labels.

  • Caitlin03

    I think Kris did a fantastic job. He sounded amazing to me-simple, beautiful, heartfelt interpretation. So, maybe he struggled a bit with the higher notes and said “free” a little different. Who cares? I’m not going to nitpick at every little thing. The crowd was cheering for him and it got people searching for him-hopefully they figured out it’s “Kris”. lol Numer 1 vid, going to Haiti to help, singing the NA at an incredible game, this has been a great week for Kris and for Kris fans. So proud of him! <3

  • Starr

    KNA
    01/24/2010 at 10:59 pm

    BTW, what is Kris doing in Haiti? Is he trying to promote his album? I mean, you hardly near anything about his humanitarian efforts. I guess he is too busy trying to promote himself.

    You would know about his humanitarian efforts if you took the effort to do research about him. Actually, MJ already mentioned in the post above that he has done missionary work before. But if you need more information, all it takes is Google and 5 minutes of your time. He has traveled to several countries such as Thailand, Morocco, etc. doing humanitarian work.

    With regards to his performance of the national anthem, I thought he did well. He obviously learned from his gig early on during the NBA Finals where he started off to low a key. He did pretty well, and I’m glad he didn’t riddle the song with ridiculous R&B runs or something just to tout his musical prowess. In my opinion, the national anthem is supposed to be about the national anthem, not how long you can sustain a note. I also don’t recall there being any criteria that in order to sing the national anthem, you need a soaring vocal range. I guess U2 and Green Day had no business singing the National Anthem either. Someone needs to give those guys a memo.

  • Maggels

    AML I think Jive is perfectly happy with Kris. Top 10 on HAC, Top 25 on POP, #1 on VH1, top 30 on Billboard on numerous charts. So They aren’t gonna kick him to the curb.

  • ryo

    And he did very well tonight – his control has improved so much over the past 5 months! This one, for me, was leagues better than his NBA NA. And he had the entire stadium roaring! Excellent. I really don’t get how anyone can call it a “travesty” with a straight face or open ears but ymmv.

    As for Haiti – Kris has been on three mission trips before he’d ever heard of Idol; I’m not surprised in the east bit he chose to go again. I love how excited he sounded about it; he talked a little bit before about wanting to do that kind of thing again so I’m glad he’s getting to.

    And as for getting dropped – with how well he’s doing on the radio? Not happening anytime soon. And besides, Ruben and Taylor were dropped after a long period of extremely poor sales – which Kris doesn’t have. He’s one of Jive’s top-selling artists right now, I believe, and he had their second-highest debut sales numbers for his album. I’m sure they’re quite please with him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    Those of you questioning Kris’s motives, just read Lyndsey Parker’s article:

    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/realityrocks/304510/american-idol-turned-american-hero-kris-allen-heads-to-haiti/

  • cakeygirl

    its just that it sucked lol in my opinion lol….well and the majority of the twitterworld that I saw right after he sung it.

  • Starr

    Personally I don’t see what the big deal is. If you knew Kris as a singer, you would know he doesn’t do vocal acrobatics. Especially not on a song that is as tough to sing as the national anthem.

    @cakeygirl: Opinions were mixed. Some were making fun of his phrasing (the whole “land of the fraaaay” thing which I thought was signature Kris haha), others seemed OK with it.

  • ksgirlfordc

    Like I believe that much from twitter. And how much is the “majority of twitterworld”?

  • ross

    Poor David Cook finally had to put his foot down and refuse to sing Time of My Life any more. Wonder if Kris will get to that point too? Of course, Kris has also been able to do several different arrangements of Heartless, including a mash-up version, so it continues to be a crowd pleaser.

    CathyMK, I’ve actually never seen any indication from Kris that he’s singing Heartless because he has to. He has plenty of other songs his fans like and if he didn’t include it in a set I don’t think it would be a problem. I don’t think it can be compared to Time Of My Life. Heartless is a cool song the way Kris does it, not a sappy coronation song. I’m pretty sure he sings Heartless because he likes it.

  • Starr

    If I have one criticism of Kris’s performance, it would be that it seemed like he rushed through the anthem. He was probably nervous, and that’s understandable, considering he’s singing in the Superdome. That’s the biggest venue he has ever sung at, no? I would think it’s bigger than the Nokia Theatre, at least. There were people comparing Jordin’s version to Kris’s, and my view is that the two can’t be compared. Both of them did very well on the anthems and I’m glad they had the opportunity to do these gigs.

    ETA: I also wanted to add that it is very interesting to see how male and female contestants from Idol are treated when they do these national anthems. Apparently, from what I observe, some football fans (at the stadium) think that if you are female and you come from a show like American Idol, that’s all well and good and you can sing the National Anthem without getting booed. It seems the guys have it much harder. Kris wasn’t even through the first couple of verses before I heard a faint ‘boo’ from the crowd. I think he has to deal with this because it seems people are less accepting of your authenticity as an artist if you’re a guy and you come off of American Idol. If I recall correctly, there was one instance David Cook sang the anthem and he got faint boos in the beginning as well. Personally, I think it’s disrespectful. No matter who sings the anthem I think people should be respectful, not only because it’s the anthem and because if you boo, you’re not really representing the city you’re in very well (and also, probably confirming football fan stereotypes of being obnoxious).

  • Truthiness

    This guy had no business singing the National Anthem. A pure travesty. ITA with Chris Sligh. BTW, what is Kris doing in Haiti? Is he trying to promote his album? I mean, you hardly near anything about his humanitarian efforts. I guess he is too busy trying to promote himself.

    Of course Kris has a right to sing the NA. He had a right because he was asked and he’s a singer. And doing things like the NA is something singers do and it’s an honour to do so. I’m sure there is a level of jockeying that is done by the labels and such to get their people singing the NA at the high profile gigs, but that doesn’t mean that the people who are performing it are doing so other than that they want to perform our NA and do a good job doing it. Plus Kris is a huge sports fan, so his being able to do the NA for an NFC championship game must be a dream come true. So his label sure, likes to have the exposure for it’s artists, but I am seriously doubtful Kris gives one infinitesimal damn about that in comparison to getting to be at the NFC championship game, EEEE. Performing the NA for them and the home audience! EEEE!! Seriously the dude is probably geeking about about this. I know I am for him. Yes, even despite not being a fan of the performance itself. I remain thrilled for Kris for the chance to do this.

  • hoosiermama

    FWIW–I liked his “krissified” version of the SSB. Very soulful and moving. My only quibble was that they didn’t show him singing it enough or linger on him at the end since he looked so nice! Will have to watch Jordin’s video to see if she got more face time. That was a great game–I hope Kris got to watch it all. Didn’t see the Pants on the Ground guy. Wasn’t he supposed to be there? Anybody see him?

    Proud of Kris for going to Haiti.

  • iluvai

    I listened again and he did a good job, imho.

  • babybelle32

    its just that it sucked lol in my opinion lol….well and the majority of the twitterworld that I saw right after he sung it.

    I doubt that it was the majority of the twitter world. Considering that he has a very local fan base that has made a career out of trashing him, it’s no wonder that there were tweets bashing his performance.

    The funny thing is that for every tweet that trashed Kris’ performance, there was one stating that “Chris Allen” did a great job. I know that for some odd reason that vocal fan base that feels that they need to prove that their favorite deserved to win, likes to mess up Kris’ name, but I have a feeling that these tweets came from people who weren’t being that childish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    iluvai
    01/24/2010 at 11:54 pm
    Cook was the first idol I went nuts over…then came Kris! Still love my DCTR though!

    Diane, you should find this amusing. Cook was the first Idol I went nuts over too. But then came Adam.

    That’s just weird! :grin: To go from Cook to polar opposites, that is! ha.

  • iluvai

    Same here, Cook was the first Idol I went nuts over. But now I am nuts over both Kris and Adam. And still nuts over David too

    Makes me smile!

  • riaspark17

    Oh, I feared on those high notes, pushing his voice a bit there…but overall I think he did okay. Cool gig for him.

  • ross

    I agree. Kris didn’t have any problem getting his way and dropping No Boundaries, so he wouldn’t have any problem dropping Heartless.

    Exactly. I thought of that, too.

    Kris performed Heartless a lot on the tour and if he was sick of it he wouldn’t still be performing it. It’s fairly obvious he enjoys singing it, anyway.

  • Hope07

    Add me to the Cookie and Kris camp! Though, I have to admit Bo was my first Idol love. With all 3, when they sing I don’t hear notes, I hear raw emotion, and it moves me to no end. Love those boys!

  • Justin8602

    People that know or fans of Kris know that Kris did these missions way before Idol.

    That’s very true, If I remember correctly he went on a mission and almost died because he got sick while there. I think I also remember him giving his guitar away on a mission. You can say what you want about his singing prowess (I freely share my thoughts frequently, the good bad and ugly), but Kris is definitely going to Haiti as a humanitarian who wants to help genuinely. He may not be my favorite musically but he is a genuinely wonderful person who deserves all the successes in the world.

  • isisdagmar

    He may not be my favorite musically but he is a genuinely wonderful person who deserves all the successes in the world.

    I totally agree with this entire statement. :)

  • HeidiL

    Kris just tweeted…

    “I love that I am in new Orleans at this moment.”

    I love Kris and I love New Orleans!!!

  • girlygirl

    KrisAllen
    # I love that I am in new Orleans at this moment. 24 minutes ago from Echofon

    I can only imagine how crazy that city is right now…

  • Truthiness

    Truthiness, you brought back memories to me with “life of brian”. It was hilarious, especially the pirats assault on the building..

    Actually that’s in The Meaning Of Life, and it’s one of my favourite parts of the film (“people aren’t wearing enough hats”), besides the song about sperm and fishy, fishy, fishy fish (a most elusive fish).

    I know Kris can’t comment on the game, because talk about a lose/lose situation, yikes! But I wonder who he was rooting for? Hmmm. The whole idea of rooting for the Vikes because he was a Packers fan and the Favre thing, a LOT of Pack fans I know now loathe and despise Favre (lying traitor!) so they went from fans, to be ABF (Anybody But Favre) types. So I don’t know who Kris really, in his heart of hearts, if he was allowed to have an opinion, was rooting for. I’m genuinely kind of curious. I know he Tweeted the being in NO was great, and of course it would be! (the pictures made me so happy, they deserve some happiness after Katrina), but was he rooting for the team? Hmmmm.

  • colette

    Didn’t read the entire thread, but anyone else notice how much composure and stage presence Kris has gained since he sang the NA at a basketball game last year? And how strong and confident his voice is? I think he nailed it.

    Y’know, after that great duet on “Kiss a Girl,” Keith Urban said that newbie talents like Kris can grow in leaps and bounds once they’re on the move. At first I thought that was sort of an insult, but now I see exactly what he means….

  • girlygirl

    oh and for anyone who may have suggested that Kris sounded drunk in his interview this morning, the deejay who interviewed him tweeted this:

    http://twitter.com/B97JennaJ/status/8163584779

    . Kris Allen was my first on air interview. 2. He’s a sweetheart. 3. He was 100% sober. I can’t wait for the national anthem! Go Kris

  • iluvai

    I think Kris is going to Haiti because he wants to help.

  • golcook

    Going back to the Chis Sligh thing (’cause I had no time to check Mj’s blog earlier)…

    Many say Chris Sligh is honest and straight forward with his opinions, but why is he like that only to the Idols, why not to Madonna, Britney or everybody else in the music business? Because he’s bitter, he’s bitter of the other idols that made better on his season and the seasons after his.

    He has to realize he’s not an eminence in music just because he has a record and a succesful co-written song. All the idols have singing skills, but the show it’s about popularity. In his season he had the vocals but didn’t have the popularity, sorry Chris but you have to deal with it.

    And yes, he has the right to have an opinion about the idols, but he always writes like he knows sooo much about music, like he’s the best musician out there, like the best thing that has ever come from American Idol.

    Finally, if you’re going to write something about another musician, cope with the consequences.

  • babybelle32

    That’s very true, If I remember correctly he went on a mission and almost died because he got sick while there. I think I also remember him giving his guitar away on a mission. You can say what you want about his singing prowess (I freely share my thoughts frequently, the good bad and ugly), but Kris is definitely going to Haiti as a humanitarian who wants to help genuinely. He may not be my favorite musically but he is a genuinely wonderful person who deserves all the successes in the world.

    My favorite Kris story is one that his mother told about how when Kris was in the hospital and still very sick she asked him if he wanted to go back on any more missions, and Kris’ answer was yes, but not right now. Even though he got sick during one of his first trips, it never occurred to him to stop going on these missions.

  • old bat

    I don’t know. When I logged in to check out twitter right after the anthem, most of the negative tweets were more about how someone else should be singing it.

    Later the tweets evened out and there was a range of opinions and retweets, but the first wave was pretty much that thematically.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Sigh.

  • Truthiness

    mj
    01/25/2010 at 1:39 am
    Sigh.

    Le sigh?

    Le Mew. Le Meow. Le RworRwor?

    Maybe? Possibly?A Loony Tunes reference might help. Maybe. I find them very helpful.

    Interesting game though, so there was that. And I still maintain from my first comment, GREAT opportunity for Kris, soooo cool for him.

  • barnie

    Like I believe that much from twitter. And how much is the “majority of twitterworld”?

    Not to mention the bulk of the tweets came from people who already hate Kris Allen.

    ITA with Chris Sligh. BTW, what is Kris doing in Haiti? Is he trying to promote his album? I mean, you hardly near anything about his humanitarian efforts. I guess he is too busy trying to promote himself.

    What exactly did Chris Sligh say?

    If doing charity is solely because of promoting himself, does that apply to Adam and Danny and also all other artists out there who participated in the Haiti telethon as well?

  • girlygirl

    here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlQOgXpGCUw&feature=player_embedded#

  • HeidiL

    here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlQOgXpGCUw&feature=player_embedded#

    Cool video girlygirl! Thanks for posting!

  • Ratna12

    girlygirl
    01/25/2010 at 1:54 am
    here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlQOgXpGCUw&feature=player_embedded#

    Thanks, sigh, bring me flashback when Kris sang this song so beautifully on AI tour.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I am THISCLOSE to closing this thread.

    I just deleted a pile of posts. And I put a few of you in moderation.

    If you haven’t read my posting guidelines READ THEM NOW:

    http://mjsbigblog.com/idol-appearances/guidelines

    DO NOT

    1. Question poster’s motives
    2. Complain about the thread
    3. Dis, complain about or criticize your fellow posters.
    4. Drag in other Idols as revenge when your favorite Idol is dissed

    If someone criticizes your favorite Idol, you can disagree, but do not criticize, complain or lecture.

    PS: If you responded to a post I put in moderation, your post gets deleted too.

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    Also, I just deleted the whole “here’s my favorite Idol that isn’t Kris” train of thought, because it began with a post that I deleted for other reasons. It’s also off-topic.

  • karenc

    here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this

    I saw him in the video. I also noticed the song playing in the background was the song he did on the idol tour, I think it’s called The Things I have done by the Killers. Maybe that’s why he chose that song.

    I think it’s a wonderful thing Kris is doing, I know he’s done this sort of work in the past. I just hope he has a safe trip.

    And I thought he did a wonderful job singing the National Anthem.

  • Mtlfan

    thanks girlygirl for the link to the video of the mission trip in Africa.
    I hope Kris has a safe trip to Haiti

  • alxsavage

    What a great thing to do. Haiti is not a nice/safe place to be right now. I actually believe going there is braver than doing a telethon. I wish I could set things up to go there and help somehow too. It takes some real courage to get in the middle of a zone like that. May he be safe over there, and help as much as he can. The world needs that.

  • Sherena

    Weak/thin voice in this performance.

  • Truthiness

    oh and for anyone who may have suggested that Kris sounded drunk in his interview this morning, the deejay who interviewed him tweeted this:

    http://twitter.com/B97JennaJ/status/8163584779

    . Kris Allen was my first on air interview. 2. He’s a sweetheart. 3. He was 100% sober. I can’t wait for the national anthem! Go Kris

    People thought Kris sounded drunk? Were they high? Because, yeah.

    Anyhew, I’m super jellus of Kris being in New Orleans for the celebration right now. Their first SB visit. And he got to perform the national anthem in their home stadium before they got to go their first Superbowl ever, and with the crap they’re still dealing from Katrina…just so cool. I’m really happy that Kris is getting to take part of that good energy.

  • alxsavage

    BTW, that performance was pitchy indeed. But he is still a very enjoyable artist and a weak/not great performance shouldn’t jeopardize anybody’s career at all.

  • ohreli

    I enjoyed that almost as much as Jordin’s National Anthem—and Jordin has had a whole two additional years to get her voice to where it is, so I say way to go, Kris!

  • BeckyMD

    One thing I learned from the Wenchuan earthquake in China a couple years ago is that don’t go to the places where dasaster just occured unless your expertise and skills are in need there. Because your great heart coupled with your little help won’t be able to cover the trouble brought by your presence – you will occupy the transportation that could be used to carry another patient to a hoslptal, you will consume the limited food and water that are more important for another life. During Wenchuan aftermath, Chinese gov had to request thousands of volunteers to leave or not enter the area. Celebrities were not welcome during that critical period when resources and attention should be focused on saving lives.

  • tiger92

    Kris was pitchy in a couple of parts. It also sounded strained. Why did his voice sound so country? (twangy)
    In the land of “the fray”? :)

    Oh well, I bet he enjoyed being at the game.

  • BeckyMD

    I don’t question Kris’ intention to go to Haiti, but if he almost died in a missionary trip then IMO he should seriosly consider what value he can bring to the Haiti people – they def don’t need another patient. Even if it’s not a PR thing, in some way this trip could just be a charity consumption that is more to satisfy the individual’s need of sympathy than to *really* benifit the paople in the subject.

  • wonderings

    Kris was a bit pitchy. But, for me, it was nothing major that spoiled my enjoyment of the SSB. I dig Kris’s tone. He radiates an everyman sincerity and emotional connection to (most) every song he sings. It’s compelling. Twas great seeing some on the sidelines mouthing along and hearing the crowd sing along at the end!

    In today’s performance, I liked the vocal ‘waves’ at the end of many phrases – rather like the waving of the flag in the anthem itself – without being overdone or superfluous.

    I agree with the wise earlier poster who said he was rushing the anthem a little. It would have been better slowed down, but we’ll chalk that up to nerves. Singing the national anthem to that crowd had to be very intimidating!

  • BeckyMD

    iirc Kris is a green bay fan so I’m not surprised that he was celebrating Farve got defeated.

    Regarding his performance, I think if you dig his style you can justify his swinging between pitches and breathless-ish pauses and not-so-strong vocal. IMO there are songs fit Kris’ style and there are songs that not.

  • wonderings

    tiger92

    In the land of “the fray”?

    Shoutout! Hey, it was Alright With Me. And I had no problem understanding the phrase.

    Down south, I once went to a “Crayfish Boil” that sounded more like a Crawfish Bowl…but I figured it out eventually. :)

  • lostbrigade

    I don’t question Kris’ intention to go to Haiti, but if he almost died in a missionary trip then IMO he should seriosly consider what value he can bring to the Haiti people – they def don’t need another patient.

    He got a rare form of Hepatitis… it was a freak occurrence and hardly within his control, and it happened on his first trip. It didn’t stop him from all the others he partook in. I don’t see how it’s even relevant now.

    No one knows yet the specifics of the arrangement and in what capacity Kris will be assisting, or if his relief efforts will even be in Port-au-Prince. Considering that Kris has experience with volunteering in similar situations and it is something he cares a lot about, I doubt he’d agree if he felt his presence would be irresponsible or a hindrance.

  • tiger92

    wonderings:

    I’m from the south too! Born and bred here! :)
    I still would prefer our country to be referred to as the land of “the free”!

    “The Fray” is a band. LOL

  • BeckyMD

    Missionary trip is diff than emergancy rescue, the latter is more complicated and less organized. If before AI Kris could not take good care of himself, now that he is AI winner, more persaonnel and resources would be involved for his safety and health in Haiti. With my limited imagination, I couldn’t see how his trip could have positive net value to Haiti people. He could actually help more by staying safe and keeping motivate people to donate money.

  • wonderings

    BeckyMD

    they def don’t need another patient.

    Kris seems very healthy and fit. Plus, I’m sure he’ll be well immunized & vaccinated before his trip – as recommended by the CDC. As you noted, he’s not a newbie to humanitarian & relief issues and has traveled more than most outside of the western world.

    edit

    I trust that Kris will be doing much good in the trenches, not just taking up space, powdering his nose and using supplies that would otherwise be given to the Haitian people.

  • vanjess38

    And who says Kris is going to do emergency rescue? Heck, there are lots of people who wished they could join groups just to go and help and if he has been offered the opportunity, why not?
    When you listen to his interview, he said he was offered the opportunity and he grabbed it and I feel it’s because he geniunely wants to do it.
    And that’s what matters. I don’t think Kris Allen going to Haiti will let them get short of any of their resources. It’s definately a well organised trip.

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  • wonderings

    With my limited imagination, I couldn’t see how his trip could have positive net value to Haiti people. He could actually help more by staying safe and keeping motivate people to donate money.

    Have you ever watched Idol Gives Back? They show the idols, judges, and others in various places that need assistance, with people that need help. Places and people that will benefit from the public’s donation.

    The idea, I suspect, is bringing that personal experience and connection. LOOK, they say. I was there. I saw it, I slept there, I met them, I helped, I was moved. Look, look, at the images of these people, this place. Look at the need. I can testify to it. We can help.

    Please give.

    It’s more real and more compelling that way, don’t you think? It’s not the same as standing in front of a green screen reading from a teleprompter. It helps to remove the distance.

  • mr

    Sorry mj!

    I won’t lecture or criticize fellow posters- I’ll just repeat the most important thing from my post:

    Major kuddos to Kris for going to help out in Haiti!

  • BeckyMD

    I don’t quetion Kris’ intention because I think his intention is to make Haiti people better off rather than to promote his own career. Howevet charity is a goods whose externality might help other people but not necessarily. I just don’t see how Kris’ not so sucessful missionary experiences could qualify him in emergancy rescue.

    If the plan is to videotape his trip to Haiti after essential setrelment is done, and if broadcasting these footages could motivate people to keep caring about Haiti and to help them develop from the ruins, then I can see the value of the trip.

  • BeckyMD

    Can’t edit my post. My impression is some posters defense that Kris’ trip was not a PR because it wouldn’t necessary be taped. My arguement is if it’s not taped it would have little value. If it’s taped and broadcast than it’s a PR. PR can be a win win to both Kris and people in need.

  • Akatot

    Oh, BeckyMD. If Kris is going there for emergency rescue, he is much too late, don’t you think? The priority now is providing for the survivors and helping them rebuild. I think even little people like you and me can help with it if we care enough and we’re not too lazy. Unfortunately, we’re too apathetic so we let others do it and then question their motives or their efforts. Sometimes I wish I care a little more than just donating a few bucks and then thinking that I did my part.

  • Truthiness

    Well I think still it’s cool that Kris is going to Haiti to help, and he has had experience aiding relief efforts, so he won’t be some complete newbie and waste.

    And if there is more exposure to this through Kris, and thus more aid from his fans or whatever, to help Haiti? Good.

  • Kirsten

    Celebrities were not welcome during that critical period when resources and attention should be focused on saving lives.

    That may have been part of the reason, but that’s not the primary reason that celebrities were banned from that quake zone. Anyone following this story knows that the Chinese government did not want any more publicity for this disaster. Look at how they are treating the parents who are trying to get more accountability related to the construction of schools which were the responsibility of the government and fell down in disproportionate numbers compared to other building. The Chinese government does not tolerate direct or passive criticism of itself. Just look at what happened during the Beijing Olympics.

    Haiti is a different story. Although it’s government would probably prefer not to be criticized either, it knows that it needs outside help. Haiti doesn’t want or need a media black-out. They don’t need the story to be forgotten. They need people to remember it. For them, celebrities visiting will help to keep donor funds up.

    Although for the last two weeks, the primary need has been for emergency help, it’s time to move onto the lengthy recovery and rebuilding phase. It’s virtually unheard of for people to survive more than two weeks without access to water (most people last less than a week especially in hot climates). Rebuilding Haiti is going to take a LOT of money.

    Having celebrities visit will help to keep up the profile of this story. To keep it in the minds of the public who would tend move onto the latest celebrity scandal or whatever. Kris isn’t some hapless do-gooder showing up with nothing more than his suitcase and good intentions. He comes with experience and it sounds like he’s going with an organization that knows what it is doing. If so, they will have the logisitcs in place to support him and will have done the cost/benifit analysis to decide that it’s worth having a celebrity visit.

    Sure, he got sick on one of his mission trips once, but it’s not like he passed out because he didn’t have access to his X-Box and McDonalds. People get sick. All over the world. Everyday. It happens.

    BTW Some of this discussion reminds me of the debate Phoebe and Joey had about charity on Frends(the one where Joey participates in a PBS telethon). In the end, if the people of Haiti benefit from all these PSAs, telethons and celebrity visits, isn’t that what counts?

  • Lu

    I’m one of those that prefers the anthem sung like it’s written but the idols I like don’t seem to want to sing it that way! lol I thought Kris did a good job for an embellished version. I really like Kris… He’s pretty easy on the eyes too! ;) He sure got to see a good game!

  • jmom376

    awesome post Kirsten!

    If Kris follows his heart and does what he feels is right, he will be just fine. He will have people that will question his every move, but he hasn’t seemed to let it bother him yet and I doubt that he starts now.

  • anovich

    Although for the last two weeks, the primary need has been for emergency help, it’s time to move onto the lengthy recovery and rebuilding phase. It’s virtually unheard of for people to survive more than two weeks without access to water (most people last less than a week especially in hot climates). Rebuilding Haiti is going to take a LOT of money.

    Having celebrities visit will help to keep up the profile of this story. To keep it in the minds of the public who would tend move onto the latest celebrity scandal or whatever. Kris isn’t some hapless do-gooder showing up with nothing more than his suitcase and good intentions. He comes with experience and it sounds like he’s going with an organization that knows what it is doing. If so, they will have the logisitcs in place to support him and will have done the cost/benifit analysis to decide that it’s worth having a celebrity visit.

    Sure, he got sick on one of his mission trips once, but it’s not like he passed out because he didn’t have access to his X-Box and McDonalds. People get sick. All over the world. Everyday. It happens.

    Very well said. At this point, people are needed on the ground who know how to interact in tough situations with people who have been through some really tough ****. Kris has done that and I think he is more familiar with the average person as to what is necessary at this point because of his work after the tsunami and other mission trips

    And to claim that his going will make him sick – from all we know he seems like a healthy guy at this time. Yes, he got sick after one of his trips but that seemed like more of a one-off situation. It’s not like he got sick because he wasn’t livng a “pampered” life style. I also do not think his management team would allow him to go if they were concerned about his health and welfare.

    I doubt that Kris will be the only “celebrity” who will go to Haiti during the recovery. There have been many celebrities in the past who have taken the time to visit disaster sites and lend their names to relief/rebuilding efforts. If his presence in Haiti can help keep attention on tje situation, even by just riling up the AI blogosphere then I think that’s actually a good thing – it keeps us talking about Haiti and keeps their needs on our radar, so maybe more of us will donate again at a later point when the situation is not dominating the news headlines.

  • savgal

    Re: Kris going to Haiti, he stated he was offered the opportunity to go. We don’t know who made that offer, possibly it was a group he was involved with before Idol, or possibly it will be part of the IGB show. Kris will not expect special treatment, and I doubt anyone in Haiti knows that he won a talent show in the US. He would just be another young person distributing water, etc., sitting on the ground eating MREs with the other workers. I can’t forget Carrie on the first IGB, carrying the African babies around and visiting their mother’s grave, and singing “I’ll Stand By You”. Wasn’t that single released, went pretty high on the charts, and the proceeds given to charity? I could see Kris doing something along that line, too.

  • EmmaCT

    I don’t normally post but I have to go on record and say that I thought Kris Allen did a really, really good job with the National Anthem – with honesty and sincerity that clearly conveyed the meaning of the song. It wasn’t about him, it was about the National Anthem – and it sounded to me like those in the stadium listening live had the same reaction. Then, on with the game.

    And re his visit to Haiti – knowing his humanitarian background, this is also who he is. Volunteerism is a personal choice, but when you’re in the public eye it becomes less personal and more public. He has said in countless interviews that this is his long-term goal in addition to his music. To me, end of story.

  • Banished

    As usual, Kris looked smokin’ hot and sang well, in his usual toned down way..RE: Haiti, he can should do whatever he wants. I remember watching Daughtry visiting Africa during Idol Gives Back, and hearing What About Now for the first time. I never had an interest in buying his album until then, but after that I was sold.

  • maturin

    I respect Kris for both his-pre fame mission work and whatever he puts in to help Haiti now.

    So many folks wouldn’t stir their ginormous butts out of a chair. He was putting the work in when no one knew who he was, and his putting the work in now doesn’t surprise me.

    He’s a good guy.

  • sweetni4

    Kris did OK not great but OK, a little pitchy a little strained but the NA is a HUGE song to sing. I don’t think Kris vocal range is for a song like the NA,
    and what’s up with the booing how rude ,it wasn’t that bad. Nice to see Kris take the time to help out the people of Haiti can’t wait to see the footage on IGB.

  • babybelle32

    Missionary trip is diff than emergancy rescue, the latter is more complicated and less organized. If before AI Kris could not take good care of himself,

    It sounds like you have no idea what happened to Kris, or how he got sick. You are jumping to conclusions without having all of the facts. Given the seriousness of Kris’ illness as well as the seriousness of the situation in Haiti, I think that the conversation should be based on the facts that we know, and follow some logical thought path.

    Kris’ illness was not his fault, and not the result of him not taking care of himself. No amount of security is going to keep someone from getting sick. People who volunteer their time in these countries know the risks that they are taking, but they also know that that is nothing in comparison to the health risks that people in the countries have to deal with. They still do it knowing that the countries are unstable, and that the living conditions that the people are living in aren’t the best for them or the volunteers. But, they still help.

  • Serene

    Wow, that rendition of National Anthem was simply gorgeous and honest. One just FEEL the pride of the song – Kris made the song about the song, rather than about him. And yet who knows he dared to reach those high notes not associated with him. He sang it with much more confidence and higher key than the NBA one, but as the the NFC game is outdoor as compared to indoor, both versions were suited for the atmosphere.

    Re going to Haiti, I’m so happy for him being able to do this. He seems to be a very sensitive person – the fact that he felt blessed to be able to chip in directly just confirms it as fact. Well, we don’t know what he’s going to do there, but the least he could do, is do what he always did during the past mission trips – cheer these unfortunate people especially the children – while at the same time, lend his status to rally further support as well, now that he is a celebrity.

    He is a good guy, who happens to be mad talented as well. National Anthem sounds even more believable from Kris knowing this side of him.

  • babybelle32

    I just don’t see how Kris’ not so sucessful missionary experiences could qualify him in emergancy rescue.

  • mrsdarcy

    What a better and beautiful rendition to listen to the American National Anthem but from a true American, with an Authentic twang!

    Love it! Love It!

    Take care BBkris and good luck to all your endeavours.

    Finally heard LLWD on the Radio Three Hongkong.

  • babybelle32

    I just don’t see how Kris’ not so sucessful missionary experiences could qualify him in emergancy rescue.

    How do you know that Kris’ missionary trips weren’t successful? Do you know how many trips he’s been on, or what he’s accomplished. He became sick on one of the first trips, but that didn’t stop him from making several others.

    Kris has gone to help people clean up and build houses after a Tsunami, and he has gone to help children who have been majorly impacted by HIV and AIDS. Those are just two of the trips that he’s taken, but there have been others. Considering that Kris never talks about these missions, I jut can’t help but wonder how you know that he’s been unsuccessful or that he hasn’t helped anyone.

    BTW, sadly, the rescue efforts were called off days ago. At this point, the focus is mainly on helping the survivors as much as possible. Considering that we have no clue what Kris will be doing, I really don’t see the need to judge his actions. But, Kris can help just by taking people water and supplies, or making people in this country aware of what they are going through. Kris’ involvement isn’t going to make the entire situation better, but even if he’s able to help just one person that is a major accomplishment.

  • springboard

    It was OK. Sounded strained on many occasion, but it’s a difficult song to sing.

  • babybelle32

    I should have read all of the replies first before I replied. Kirsten, that is an awesome post that you made about Kris’ trip to Haiti.

  • http://MJO judes

    Good to see that so many posters have taken an interest to watch Kris’s performance & post a comment whether good or bad!! The majority have commended Kris on his rendition which is great . I bet Kris had to pinch himself after he sang as it probably seemed a bit surreal to him, being such an avid sports fan!!
    [ I know if I was able to toss the coin at a Sydney Swans Aussie Rules football match it would be unbelievable - but nothing like singing your national Anthem- that is very brave!!]

  • HeidiL

    My church had a mission set up in Haiti before the earthquake and we have some people who have mission experience going over there to help get it back on its feet after the earthquake. They have been asked to come and are not being looked at as a hinderance or thought to be getting in the way. Since Kris has had plenty of experience with mission work, he may be doing something like the volunteers from my church. His church or one of the groups he has travelled with in the past might have a mission there that needs help rebuilding and he is going to do what he can. I for one would never question or criticize the motives of someone who is going to do something I cannot even fathom doing. God Bless Kris and all the others who are going to help.

  • unique28v

    Chris Sligh said that Kris was pitchy on his twitter account and then got bombarded by Kris fans. Somehow it turned into another Kris/Adam comparison again.

  • babybelle32

    Kris tweeted this this morning:

    Glad I get the opportunity to go to Haiti and try to help as much as I can.

    Kris really does see this as a blessing.

  • deez

    babybelle32
    01/25/2010 at 8:39 am
    I just don’t see how Kris’ not so sucessful missionary experiences could qualify him in emergancy rescue.

    It sounds as though you have read something with details about Kris’ past trips. I have been looking for info about his missionary work. Could you provide the link to the article you read? It would be helpful to me. Who contacted Kris to be part of their emergency rescue efforts? I did not see that info provided in this post, or hear it in the interview! If you would, please let us know where you saw this, I would be interested in reading more!

  • dezzie

    good morning

    the important thing is that Kris has been given an opportunity to help, and he has stepped up to accept that opportunity. that is what it means to be a human being: to feel compassion, and to put it into practice.

  • babybelle32

    Chris Sligh said that Kris was pitchy on his twitter account and then got bombarded by Kris fans. Somehow it turned into another Kris/Adam comparison again.

    Everything turns into a Kris and Adam comparison, or an my idol versus your idol comparison. Somehow, Archie answering phones at the telethon for Haiti turned into why isn’t David Cook answering the phones. It’s the way of the idol world. Of course Kris fans were upset about what Chris said, and of course Adam fans took it as a sign that Chris is an Adam fan, or a chance to say that Adam would have done a better job. There will always be a group of Adam’s fans who will swarm to any site or person that slams Kris, so that they can agree with what was said, or any site that praises Kris, so they can disagree with the opinion, just as there will always be fans of Kris’ who come to his defense.

  • sunny2

    Emergency rescue? Huh? I’m sure Kris will be working with some charity that is already on the ground like World Vision or Save the Children. Seriously, he’ll be an extra pair of hands to help give out food or maybe just comfort some of the babies and children that are orphans now.

  • unique28v

    Everything turns into a Kris and Adam comparison, or an my idol versus your idol comparison. Somehow, Archie answering phones at the telethon for Haiti turned into why isn’t David Cook answering the phones. It’s the way of the idol world. Of course Kris fans were upset about what Chris said, and of course Adam fans took it as a sign that Chris is an Adam fan, or a chance to say that Adam would have done a better job. There will always be a group of Adam’s fans who will swarm to any site or person that slams Kris, so that they can agree with what was said, or any site that praises Kris, so they can disagree with the opinion, just as there will always be fans of Kris’ who come to his defense.

    Actually, it was Chris that brought up the Adam/Kris comparison regarding their CD/single sales. And he called Adam’s fans sparkle cows, which many foudn offensive. Anyways, I think he was just trying to start something up instead of recording his own album.

    anyways, I like Kris’s rendition of the national antham. Its a hard song to sing.

  • babybelle32

    deez, I was trying to respond to a post by BeckyMD, and hit respond by mistake. She is the one who said that Kris’ trips have been unsuccessful. Sorry for the confusion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 jammbasich

    here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlQOgXpGCUw&feature=player_embedded#

    Thank you so much for posting girlygirl. I love that!!! Kris has a heart of gold. There was also a shot of Kris surrounded by kids at a drumset with drumsticks in his hands. Jeez, another instument? Is there anything this kid can’t do??? I love “The Killers”, “All The Things That I’ve Done” as the backsong.. Maybe this is why he choose to sing it on the Idol tour?… It’s special to Kris as is his mission work…

  • rfb

    Wow, Kris sounded amazing. That was beautiful!

  • deez

    babybelle32
    01/25/2010 at 10:02 am
    deez, I was trying to respond to a post by BeckyMD, and hit respond by mistake. She is the one who said that Kris’ trips have been unsuccessful. Sorry for the confusion.

    Thanks! Maybe BeckyMD can provide that info! ;)

    (Sorry, Babybelle!!)

  • ross

    It’s great to see people who don’t usually post saying such positive things. EmmaCT and all the others, please post more often!

  • Kate8

    I thought Kris did a good job.

  • tiger92

    There will always be a group of Adam’s fans who will swarm to any site or person that slams Kris, so that they can agree with what was said, or any site that praises Kris, so they can disagree with the opinion, just as there will always be fans of Kris’ who come to his defense.

    From what I read Chris Sligh brought up Adam and then insulted his fans. There will always be a group of fans of Kris’ who swarm to a site that compares the two. Obviously, Kris fans had been on the attack for Chris’ earlier comment. I see twitter is the devil for Kris’fans also. No fan group is above getting upset when their guy or girl is critisized. It does seem that former idols should be careful with their opinions, or expect to hear from the fans.

  • Pixie Baker

    ” There will always be a group of Adam’s fans who will swarm to any site or person that slams Kris, so that they can agree with what was said, or any site that praises Kris, so they can disagree with the opinion, just as there will always be fans of Kris’ who come to his defense.”

    You can enter any other Idol’s name here because every year there is the same comparison. The very nature of Idol starts this “my idol is better than yours” by having to vote yours thru every week.

    I know it was such a thrill for Kris last night….his singing….eh! I have never been thrilled with any Idol’s rendition of this song. But I love the thrill they get by being asked to sing. (Chris’s S had no influence on my opinion!)

  • hoosiermama

    Also want to thank girlygirl for posting that video about the Chi Alpha mission trip to South Africa. My father and step-mother are in SA right now and do you think they take the time to help out the less fortunate while they are there? No! They’re enjoying the beautiful sites, as they do every winter. And that’s ok because being a tourist does have positive benefits to the country’s economy. But, it takes a special person to make the effort to go beyond the touristy stuff and to really help those in need when it’s so much easier to just avert your eyes to these things. Kudos to Kris for going above and beyond what most of us would do.

    Btw, the background song prompted me to relisten to Kris’ version of ATTTID from the tour, and that led to watching some other old tour vids…now I’m really in a happy place! :-)

  • JazzRocks

    Kris did a pretty good job on the SSB. Definitely has a country twang. I detected that on his vocals on Idol also and thought he might go that route.

    Not sure what this means though:

    What a better and beautiful rendition to listen to the American National Anthem but from a true American, with an Authentic twang!

  • madeformusic

    I can’t add anything new to this conversation, but I have to say that I really really love Kris’ voice. His tone is so warm and rich.

    And re:Haiti, Kris is obviously a good person, who’s willing to really help, not only talk (and this is NOT diss to anyone).

  • NH12

    I think he did a great job. Better than last time, I think.

    I have no idea why Sligh thought it was pitchy, but whatever. Seems like he got the attantion he wanted to get.

  • 2dogs

    I think Kris did a fine job with the SBB. I liked that he gave it his own take without over doing it.

    Thank god I don’t have a twitter account. That seems like ground zero in the never ending fan wars.

  • Junior

    Wow, he really resembles Freddie Prinze Jr. in that picture.

    Loved the song. I’ll admit I was worried, but it turns out I didn’t need to be :)

  • AZIdolFan

    i thought it was good, really good. but you could tell he was nervous. he hardly ever shifts from foot to foot like that. and i thought it was great that everyone started singing along.

    as for haiti, well kris has experience in helping like that. he did go to thailand after the tsunami to help. so i think he will be a help instead of a hindrance.

    oh, and chris sligh is an a*s. always has been. he probably missed the attention and said something to get hits on his blog. and the first time i saw the term “sparkle cows” i laughed for like five minutes. it’s mean but damn it’s funny. it’s a VFTW term right?

  • TopCatDC

    Poor David Cook finally had to put his foot down and refuse to sing Time of My Life any more. Wonder if Kris will get to that point too?

    That’s funny! Kris got to that point after three performances of No Boundaries. Don’t think he’s done it since the Idol tour in Vancouver, BC.

  • deez

    TopCatDC
    01/25/2010 at 2:01 pm
    Poor David Cook finally had to put his foot down and refuse to sing Time of My Life any more. Wonder if Kris will get to that point too?

    That’s funny! Kris got to that point after three performances of No Boundaries. Don’t think he’s done it since the Idol tour in Vancouver, BC.

    Good point. LOL. It was so short-lived, I think people have forgotten about it!

  • J9BT

    Wow, Kris sounded amazing. That was beautiful!

    rfl – ITA. I loved it!

    Chris Sligh said that Kris was pitchy on his twitter account and then got bombarded by Kris fans.

    Chris who? I vaguely remember some obnoxious guy on S6 named Chris who got booted off for being horribly pitchy. Would that be him?

  • mimi

    I feel like I have a pretty good ear for pitchiness since I took a lot of voice lessons in high school and college. I really don’t think Kris was pitchy at all. He strained just a little bit– but overall he did a great job.

  • Truthiness

    Actually, it was Chris that brought up the Adam/Kris comparison regarding their CD/single sales. And he called Adam’s fans sparkle cows, which many foudn offensive.

    Yup It wasn’t Adam fans swarming poor Chris assuming he was an Adam fan because he said something mean about Kris. It was because Kris fans were swarming him and Chris was defending himself to them, and saying he was a Kris fan and glad that Kris was selling more albums than Adam after the AMA stuff. In which case he got corrected by some Adam fans and called them sparkle cows for it.

    Eh. There are crazy stans of all Idols who swarm and act rudely, no Idol doesn’t have them. Nature of the beast

    Anyhew, so Kris is going to Haiti today? That’s what I was reading elsewhere. Well I hope he can help out, as I’m sure everyone who is going there, wants to be of use.

  • TwigLA

    I loved it and I think it’s great that he’s going to help in Haiti.

  • Indigobunting

    The NA is not the kind of song that is in Kris’s ballpark; a big, glory note song, but he did a decent job.

    Good for him that he’s going to Haiti; in no way do I believe he’s doing it for publicity. Danny has given a large donation through his foundation and Adam filmed a commercial; so its not surprising our American Idol is going there personally. I hope his visit is fruitful.

  • JosieX

    I feel like I have a pretty good ear for pitchiness since I took a lot of voice lessons in high school and college. I really don’t think Kris was pitchy at all. He strained just a little bit– but overall he did a great job.

    I said a few pages back that I really liked Kris’ performance, and I did. I noticed a couple of places, I think near the beginning, where he didn’t quite “commit” to the note, and I think that’s probably why Chris Sligh called it pitchy. I don’t think of Kris as a “pitchy” singer, but I do think he probably worked the nerves out a bit in the first half of the song, and who could blame him. I think the points I mentioned are very minor elements of the performance, which was overall a great job.

  • washyourhands

    Wow! I am just so impressed with Kris singing the NA. We all know that these kind of songs aren’t really his thing, but he just went out and effin nailed it. Yeah, is a hard song to sing especially for someone with Kris’s range, but come on….it was beautiful. Even my husband who has grown accustomed to cracking on Kris for my Kris addiction said it was really good. Kudos to Kris! He just keeps blowing me away when least expected. And my goodness, he was lookin smokin hot.

  • Giavonna

    All day at work, I snuck quick peeks here at mj’s to see what peeps were saying about Kris. Let’s just say this morning it put me in a foul mood. Finally I am home and I just listened back to the anthem and do not hear pitchy. I do hear a boo (freaks are everywhere, I guess). Kris looked awesome and I was proud of him. I could not imagine singing in front of two people let alone 75,000+ live and 30 million watching. He did a great job! Pitch freakin’ perfect for me for you.

    As for Haiti, anyone who knows anything about Kris knows this is not his first humanitarian mission. I was thinking that he probably wanted to go to Haiti immediately but would not be able to because of his schedule and commitment to Idol and 19. Again, I am so proud of him that he is going to help. And he will get in the trenches and help in whatever way he can. He is a truly good person. He makes me want to be a better person. (I wish I could get rid of my potty mouth – not happening. LOL!) Love you Kris. Stay safe.

  • Giavonna

    “here’s a video that the Chi Alpha ministry did about their 2007 Project 222 mission trip to South Africa. You can see Kris briefly at the 1:22 mark and again after the 1:40 mark. This is 2 years before he even went on Idol. I wonder if the people who think Kris is only going to Haiti as a PR stunt would say the same thing after seeing this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlQOgXpGCUw&feature=player_embedded#

    Sorry, I don’t know how to do the quotes thing…eek! But girlygirl, I waited all day to watch this. (My company has a weird block on YouTube. What? like we spend time there?!?!?) THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU FOR POSTING THAT AWESOME VIDEO!

    READ MY GUIDELINES

  • tripp_ncwy

    As far as Kris going to Haiti, John Travolta mentioned at an awards show this weekend that they would be filling a plane with supplies, doctors and volunteer ministers and taking it down to Haiti on Monday. I wonder if this is the organization Kris is associated with since he was supposed to do the telethon last Friday. This statement was made on the Living Legends of Aviation Awards.

  • Suzanne

    John Travolta is a pilot. He flies for Quanza sometimes.

  • JR Labrador

    “The Fray” is a band.

    Really? Who knew?

  • evanjane

    “…if it’s not taped it would have little value.” BeckyMD

    Of little value for whom? Every volunteer counts, it all adds up. If every person had that attitude, there would be no volunteers. Kris has worked building houses in Thailand for example. This seems to me to be a deep and spiritual thing to Kris. He is not doing this for personal gain. He is experienced and he will be quite useful there and very much appreciated.

    I had posted the ministry video long ago and had wondered why IDOL didn’t use this terrific backstory for Kris. TV Guide, I believe, wrote about it. Perhaps, Kris didn’t want to exploit that part of his life and I’m certain he will not exploit it now.

    Kris Allen chose to travel to Haiti as he had chosen to travel to Thailand, Mozambique, Morocco, et al. It’s a far cry from texting 90999 and downloading songs for $7.99, but we all try to do our part, what is feasible for us. As Lyndsey Parker stated in her article, “Kudos to Kris Allen.” I concur.

  • Giavonna

    “Of little value for whom? Every volunteer counts, it all adds up. If every person had that attitude, there would be no volunteers. Kris has worked building houses in Thailand for example. This seems to me to be a deep and personal thing to Kris. He is not doing this for personal gain. He is experienced and he will be quite useful there and very much appreciated.

    I had posted the ministry video long ago and had wondered why IDOL didn’t use this terrific backstory for Kris. TV Guide, I believe, wrote about it. Perhaps, Kris didn’t want to exploit that part of his life and I’m certain he will not exploit it now.

    Kris Allen chose to travel to Haiti as he had chosen to travel to Thailand, Mozambique, Morocco, et al. It’s a far cry from texting 90999 and downloading songs for $7.99, but we all try to do our part, what is feasible for us. How this is considered a BAD thing is beyond me. As Lyndsey Parker stated in her article, “Kudos to Kris Allen.” I concur.”

    Evanjane, you are stating the obvious and so eloquently. Kris does this because it is in his soul. One man doing what he can. He may not even understand that he can use the machine for more exposure – or he may choose it to be more personal and not for a photo-op on ET or Extra. He is not that guy that sells himself at every possible opportunity. I am not a particularly religious person but I can appreciate someone who is amazingly selfless.

  • J9BT

    I do hear a boo (freaks are everywhere, I guess).

    Honestly, I don’t think that person was booing. I think they were hollering for Deuce McAllister , the beloved Saints star running back, who had just announced last week that he was retiring, but remained on as honorary team captain through the end of the season. If you watched the presentation of the winning trophy after the game, you could hear what seems like “booing,” at which point the announcer called over Deuce and said the fans were calling for him to accept the trophy and make a speech.

    It was obvious a large part of the record crowd was singing along during Kris’s performance. Here is a link to an article that says Kris “electrified” the audience with his rendition. I watched his performance on TV, and that’s what it seemed to me too.

    http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978013055&grpId=3659174697259616

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  • lostbrigade

    As far as Kris going to Haiti, John Travolta mentioned at an awards show this weekend that they would be filling a plane with supplies, doctors and volunteer ministers and taking it down to Haiti on Monday. I wonder if this is the organization Kris is associated with since he was supposed to do the telethon last Friday.

    John Travolta is a Scientologist, and since Kris…. um… is not, I doubt he’d be involved in that same effort.

  • seriously

    Kris’ performance gave me the chills. Nice.

  • kino

    I hope we will get some kind of report about Kris’ trip to Haiti. I need to know!

  • summersnow

    Kris has such an amazing personality and I’m so proud of him. I read that he could have participated in the telethon (to boost his profile). Instead, he gave up the chance for Haiti humanitarian work.

    Hope that they will include his Haiti trip in the Idols Give Back.

  • Ratna12

    I love Kris singing anything, love that he is going to Haiti to help out,
    but on a serious note; THAT photo of him without the jacket needs to be his official photo. I mean…WOW .

  • girlygirl

    I thought that Kris headed to Haiti today, but now I’m wondering if that isn’t the case. He is supposed to be interviewed by this Atlanta radio dj tomorrow — and although I suppose he could do this interview from Haiti, I wonder, since how good would the phone reception be? Oh well, I’ll have to listen to this interview. I’m thinking it’s going to be a sort trip, since he has his Asian tour dates coming up and probably needs to get a few rehearsals in with his band before they head to the Phillipines. But I’m sure he can help the Haitian relief effort no matter how long he’s there:

    chasedanielsfm:

    #Thanks everyone for all your GREAT Kris Allen questions! I picked the 7 best…We’ll talk to him tomorrow afternoon between 4-6p on STAR94! about 4 hours ago from web

  • Seeker

    Thanks for the headsup regarding the Atlanta radio interview!

    I’m just repeating myself but I thought that Kris did a beautiful job, it was sincere & heartfelt. No dramatoc vocal acrobats or flashiness, just a simple rendition which was from the heart…and it’s just the way the National Anthem should be sung.

    I’m sure I can’t even imagine what Kris must have felt standing in the middle of the field, singing to 76.000 ppl! Must have been magical/sureal!
    I’m just so happy for him & and so proud!

    I hope he’s careful and has a safe trip to Haiti. That’s all.

  • carmine2008

    The NA is not the kind of song that is in Kris’s ballpark; a big, glory note song, but he did a decent job.

    I always thought that the National Anthem of a specific country is meant to be sung (if it has lyrics) by most of it’s citizens in unison. If the SSB is truly as difficult as you make it to be (since such a proficient singer as Kris is apparently incapable of singing it), then wouldn’t it be defeating the purpose?

    Must be a cultural thing since I’m not a US citizen so please someone enlighten me.

    P.S. I tried singing the SSB and it’s not THAT difficult to sing.

  • TwigLA

    Carmine, yes, the US National Anthem IS supposed to be sung by the people of the country no matter what their vocal abilities.

    Interesting note on the song is that the music was borrowed from a British men’s club drinking song. So that sort of puts to rest some arguments that it should and can only be sung by a woman. Some brief info about it is here http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/treasures/trm065.html but there are extensive articles and even youtube videos of ‘To Anacreon in Heaven’

    Kris Allen’s rendition was beautiful and moving and in a key that those in attendance could honor our nation by singing along. I love that.

  • TwigLA

    HeidiL
    01/25/2010 at 9:11 am
    My church had a mission set up in Haiti before the earthquake and we have some people who have mission experience going over there to help get it back on its feet after the earthquake. They have been asked to come and are not being looked at as a hinderance or thought to be getting in the way. Since Kris has had plenty of experience with mission work, he may be doing something like the volunteers from my church. His church or one of the groups he has travelled with in the past might have a mission there that needs help rebuilding and he is going to do what he can. I for one would never question or criticize the motives of someone who is going to do something I cannot even fathom doing. God Bless Kris and all the others who are going to help.

    HeidiL, my church here in LA has been going to Haiti for at least the past 10 years and we have annual ‘Mission Haiti’ fund raising efforts for dollars and materials to ship there. The members who go are trained, screened for health and vaccinated and it’s all at their own expense. People from all walks of life participate in this and donate their time and efforts. We do send a film crew (we are blessed to have many in the entertainment industry who can donate this service) in order to bring back the plight of these people for future fundraising efforts.

    We partner with this organization http://www.handstogether.org/
    I have great respect for those who are not afraid to go and get their hands dirty.

  • carmine2008

    Carmine, yes, the US National Anthem IS supposed to be sung by the people of the country no matter what their vocal abilities.

    Precisely what I thought. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • J9BT

    According to TV by the Numbers, the NFC Championship game was the 2nd highest ever watched NFC Championship game, and averaged just under 58 million viewers (with numbers close to being final). Wow – just WOW. There were over 71,000 fans in the stadium too.

  • Suzanne

    I tried singing the SSB and it’s not THAT difficult to sing.

    If you were able to sing the entire song in only your chest voice, then that’s impressive. The problem for some is that, if the singer isn’t good at mixing the chest and head voices, switching to the head voice for the high notes sounds weak or disjointed. To make the song strong at the top, a lot of singers try to sing the entire song in the chest voice–as Kris did here. And the song has a big range for that.

  • JudyL

    I think the SSB is very difficult to sing. I have been in crowds with people trying to sing along and many find it impossible to do. There have always been complaints about the difficulty of the song. I think that is why schools have chosen America The Beautiful for classes to sing…..though I have no idea if they sing either song in school any more.

    I thought Kris did a nice job and his rendition seemed very fitting for the occasion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    Here’s the link for the Atlanta interview if you want to listen online:

    http://www.star94.com/listenlive.aspx

    “We’ll [talk] to @KrisAllen Today on @Star941Atlanta between 4-6p on 94.1 and Star94.com
    about 1 hour ago from web”

  • CRB

    Jordin pretty much sh!t all over this performance.

  • wand3rful

    beautiful soulful rendition, with the typical kris allen twang. he looked great and sounded great. pitchy my arse. dude, if you are looking for negativity, you will find it. pathetic, negative people will always troll online stories. simple as that.

    a REAL example of a bad anthem….roseanne barr

    btw, cant wait to hear more about his haiti trip. anyone who has the nerve to bring fanwarring into this storyline should be embarassed. this is not the time, or the situation. i applaud anyone, celebrity or not, who donates their time or money to this global crisis.

  • carmine2008

    If you were able to sing the entire song in only your chest voice, then that’s impressive. The problem for some is that, if the singer isn’t good at mixing the chest and head voices, switching to the head voice for the high notes sounds weak or disjointed. To make the song strong at the top, a lot of singers try to sing the entire song in the chest voice–as Kris did here. And the song has a big range for that.

    Is it really as much of a big deal what type of voice you use compared to the intent and sincerity of singing it? I’m not saying it is not difficult to sing, I’m saying it’s not as difficult as some people are making it out to be.

    Jordin pretty much sh!t all over this performance.

    I disagree. She did fine, but I thought it sounded a little messy.

  • Mtlfan

    the thread is pretty dead but anyway just want to post a link to a better sound quality of his perf. I like it more

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnN0VQh2bOc

  • cookcricket

    I saw it Mtlfan! Thanks for posting! Very nice sound!

  • girlygirl

    Couple of tweets from Kris. He is postponing his trip to Haiti…

    # Haiti update: not going to be able to go this week but sometime in march. Will keep you updated. 27 minutes ago from Echofon

    (but won’t he be on tour in March???)

    # Ran in to Jamie Foxx today. Nice surprise to the day. 28 minutes ago from Echofon

  • TwigLA

    Thanks, girlygirl. I was wondering how much time he’d be able to allow in Haiti with juggling the already scheduled performance dates both here and abroad.

    Given that he’ll (hopefully) be going in March I suspect the AI Gives Back crew will be along for the ride. That would fit into the production schedule, though I’ll bet he’ll view that as an encumbrance instead of a help to the work he wants to do.

    Very cool that he ran into Jamie Foxx. I hear he has a new album out.

  • Seeker

    LLWD moved back up to #19 on itunes…. YAY!!!

  • dezzie

    thanks Mtlfan

    awesome news Seeker, thanks for passing that along.

  • Seeker

    LLWD sittin pretty at #17 on itunes today!!!!

  • cookcricket

    Given that he’ll (hopefully) be going in March I suspect the AI Gives Back crew will be along for the ride. That would fit into the production schedule, though I’ll bet he’ll view that as an encumbrance instead of a help to the work he wants to do.

    I wouldn’t mind this so much. Really, I believe this could be the one truly proud thing Kris would want to do w/ the AI title. Only guessing here of course. I also think “I Need to Know” would be a pretty awesome background song…”Will you take my hand. Feel so far away….Can you show me….Can you make me believe….I need to know!”